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I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

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Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


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90s Ladies Week

90s Ladies Week: What’s Up, Doc?

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doc+martens 90s Ladies Week: Whats Up, Doc?
In the early to mid 1990s, Doc Martens were the nirvana of cool. And I, like many, fell under the spell of the chunky-soled boots with the distinctive yellow stitching. I begged my parents to buy me a pair of Doc Martens – or as my mother called them, “those ugly doctor shoes.” But they refused, wondering why I would want to appear as if I was moonlighting as a construction worker. Eventually, I forgave my parents for depriving me of Doc Martens – once I realized how truly ridiculous I would have looked tromping around in them. Then ironically, in the late 90s, my mom bought me a pair of Doc Marten sandals she found on sale at Daffy’s. So I did eventually become cool – just, like, four years too late.

It’s 2008 now, and I’ve got heart palpitations over another doctor. While rooting around on my mom’s vanity a few weeks ago, I discovered an unopened jar of Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion For Face. When I asked where and when she bought it, she couldn’t remember. Who does that? Who randomly buys beauty products then forgets about them? Unbelievable. I mean, sometimes I wonder how this woman and I can possibly be related. Anyway, so I asked politely to sample and she obliged. What happened next was a thing of myth.

dr+brandt+microdermabrasion 90s Ladies Week: Whats Up, Doc?The pharmaceutical grade crystals polished away all of my dead skin cells, leaving behind the softest, most radiant skin I’ve seen in forever ever. And it literally took two minutes. I couldn’t believe it. I emerged from the bathroom with an enormous grin, feeling up my face – incredulous that it could be so smooth. I urged my mom to touch my cheek and she was beyond impressed too.

I asked to take it off her hands…but after seeing the results, there was no way she was letting me leave her house with Dr. Brandt in tow.

Can you believe it? The woman who is the main beneficiary of my beauty beneficence doesn’t want to share. But she did give me life, and a pair of Doc Marten sandals (albeit four years late), so I guess I’ll just have to go out and get my own.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion For Face is available at Sephora and drbrandtskincare.com.

Well, that concludes 90s Ladies Week. I hope you had as much fun reading as I did writing. And be sure to visit Amber at Beauty Blogging Junkie and check out her final installment.

90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy-Tailed, Like Furby!

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furby 90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed, Like Furby!
In the late 90s, my parents were among the 40 million people duped into buying Furby – a demonic-looking, furry robot troll that spoke its own language and antagonized children around the globe. You see, Furby loved to play…probably more than its adolescent owners. Furby didn’t care if my little sister had homework, had a headache or needed to sleep. Furby never tired of talking and would rarely hold its Furbish tongue. And in a matter of days, my sister’s favorite toy became the bane of her existence.

Furby didn’t have an off switch – so everytime she moved it, got close to it, or made a sound, Furby sprang to life…begging for attention. After a few frustrating weeks, my cranky and sleep-deprived sister decided to perform surgery on Furby. She fished my Dad’s screwdriver out of the toolbox and began to operate. Lauren loosened the screws hidden in Furby’s matted coat and removed the batteries. That was the end of Furby (R.I.P., little fella), and of my sister’s sleepless nights.

chanel+sublimage+eye+cream 90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed, Like Furby!Following Furby’s passing, my sister recovered in record time. Her irritable behavior was replaced by her normal cheery disposition. And after just a day or so, the darkness under her eyes receded. But that’s the beauty of 11-year-olds. They’re resilient little suckers.

At my age, it takes a little more to bounce back. For me to look bright eyed and bushy tailed in the AM, I need two things: Chanel Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream and Branche Charmeuse Case.

Sublimage is an undereye cure-all, simultaneously targeting wrinkles, fine lines, bags, dryness and dark circles. The cream has a luminous quality that cancels out shadows, so you can also wear it during the day – in lieu of concealers – to appear awake and refreshed (even if you’re anything but).

branche+charmeuse+case 90s Ladies Week: Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed, Like Furby!The Charmeuse Case is made of 100% silk and does so much more than merely protect your pillow. It prevents wrinkles by minimizing facial creases, extends the life of your hairstyle (no more tedious and damaging daily styling because sleeping on silk gives your hair more volume and shine), eliminates unnecessary hair loss or breakage and induces a deeper more restful sleep.

Chanel Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream is available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Branche Charmeuse Case is sold at beautyhabit.com, shopintuition.com and bigelowchemists.com. To adopt a Furby, click here…though I don’t know why you would want to.

Which toy inspired Amber’s 90s beauty review? Visit Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out. And be sure to visit Spoiled Pretty tomorrow for the final installment of 90s Ladies Week.

90s Ladies Week: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, A Licky Boom Boom Down

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12+inches+of+snow 90s Ladies Week: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, A Licky Boom Boom Down
I’ve got snow on the brain. Not just because it’s flipping freezing in Philly, but because it’s 90s Ladies Week and today’s review is inspired by Snow. You know, the marble-mouthed Canadian reggae rapper (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) who took the world by storm with his story of snitchin’.

The fact that Informer hit #1, stayed there for seven consecutive weeks, and holds the world record as the best selling reggae single in U.S. history says a lot about the decade.

But that was 1993. It’s 2008, ladies…so when the weather outside gets frightful and you’re looking for something delightful, don’t head to the used record store in search of 12 Inches of Snow. What an awful title, right? Instead, head to your local Sephora and pick up 8.5 ounces of Snow Wonder Body Butter by Bliss.

bliss+snow+wonder 90s Ladies Week: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, A Licky Boom Boom DownThis limited edition lotion is hella hydrating, as we’ve come to expect from Bliss moisturizers. The crisp and refreshing fragrance is reminiscent of freshly fallen snow – and leaves behind a subtle shimmer. While you’re in the shower, submerge the tube in a sink full of warm water. It’ll smooth on like butta and feels so warm and comforting as it is absorbed into your skin.

What 90s song inspired review did Amber post today? Check out Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of 90s Ladies Week!

90s Ladies Week: Clueless About Foundation? As If!

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clueless 90s Ladies Week: Clueless About Foundation? As If!
For the second installment of 90s Ladies Week, I draw inspiration from one of my most beloved movies. A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, starring one Alicia Silverstone. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Yes, I’m talking about Clueless – the movie that defined a generation and introduced my sixteen-year-old self to the genius of Azzedine Alaia, the ever adorable Paul Rudd, and a host of notable quotables that remain on the tip of my tongue thirteen years later. Does this convo ring any bells?

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a Monet?
Cher: It’s like the painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

make+up+for+ever+hd+foundation 90s Ladies Week: Clueless About Foundation? As If!Don’t be a Monet like Cher’s nemesis, Amber (not to be confused with my bestie, Amber – who’s a total Betty). My new favorite foundation, Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation ensures that you look flawless – in any light, from far away, up close and even in High Definition. The oil-free, medium-to-full-coverage formula creates a soft-focus effect that softens lines and blurrs imperfections. Available in 25 shades to match all skintones. My color is #173, coincidentally named Amber.

On Friday, while having dinner with Señor Spoiled Pretty, he couldn’t stop commenting on how perfectly luminous my skin looked. I’m paraphrasing, of course – but this was a big deal, as Graham hardly comments on my makeup. Thanks to my hubby’s ringing endorsement, HD Invisible Cover has become my foundation of choice. Hopefully, moving forward, his compliments won’t be so sporadic*.

Make Up Forever is available at Sephora.

Remember to surf on over to Beauty Blogging Junkie for Amber’s 90s movie inspired beauty product review.

* “Sporadic means once in a while. Try using it in a sentence.”

 

90s Ladies Week: Saved By The Gel

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savedbythebell 90s Ladies Week: Saved By The Gel
It’s that time again. Time for me and my partner in crime, Amber, to bring you another week of beauty reviews inspired by pop culture of yesteryear. Remember how rad 80s Ladies Week was? Well, hold onto your butts…it’s time to slip on that flannel shirt, lace up your Doc Martens, and break out your Game Boy…it’s 90s Ladies Week, y’all.

First on the menu: a product inspired by my love for Peter Engel’s pièce de résistance – Saved By The Bell. In the early 90s, it was a rare Saturday morning that I was NOT catching up with my friends at Bayside High.

Like most Gen Xers, Saved By The Bell trivia hides in the recesses of my brain. Remember when Kelly’s face turned purple after using a zit cream given to her by Zack (and right before the homecoming dance, natch)? How much did the young feminist in you cringe every time Slater referred to Jessie as mama? ‘Member how bad you felt for Lisa that she never had a real boyfriend and always had to settle for geeky ole Screech? I was like, “Peter Engel, help a sista out!” And don’t get me started on Jessie’s addiction to caffeine pills. Homegirl was this close to turning tricks for some Vivarin.

zack+morris 90s Ladies Week: Saved By The GelDon’t play coy and pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. But here’s one factoid you probably didn’t know: Mark-Paul Gosselaar had to dye his hair blonde every two weeks while shooting the show. Say what?!?! Talk about blonde ambition.

My man Mark-Paul was in serious need of Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops, which enhance existing hair color or boost fading color when added to conditioner or styling products. The Boost Up Color Drops can also change the hue of your color and even add the effect of highlights. They’re ideal for refreshing color in between visits to the salon – and the drops are formulated with soy proteins, conditioners and humectants which add strength, moisture and UV protection.

ken+paves+boost+up+color+drops 90s Ladies Week: Saved By The GelI add a few squirts of Boost Up Color Drops in Honey to leave-in conditioner and apply to my towel-dried hair. And after I blow-dry, I add a few drops to my shine serum to kick it up a notch. Honey adds warmth to my dark brown hair and leaves my prehistoric highlights looking much less brassy.

I imagine that if MPG would have gotten his hands on Boost Up Color Drops in the early 90s, he would have mixed a few drops with his favorite LA Looks product. Mark-Paul would have been, literally, saved by the gel.

Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops are available in Black, Brown, Platinum, Honey, Beige and Red shades ($40) and are available at Henri Bendel, HSN, Ulta and Beauty.com.

Click here to check out Amber’s first 90s Ladies Week installment, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a second helping of nostalgia.